Tribute from Judy Adams

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SUBMITTED BY: Judy Adams, former WDET Program Director

I will always think of Ed Love not only as my personal mentor for jazz, but as one of Detroit’s Jazz Statesmen.   

As many of you know, I discovered jazz while listening to jazz on the radio in the early 1960s… hosted by none-other than Ed Love. 

He was playing all the great artists from that era including John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sarah Vaughn and countless others.  

Years later, I became WDET’s assistant program director, and was responsible for it’s “non-classical programming.” We had a program opening and I immediately told our station manager about Ed and his role as one of Detroit’s jazz leader, and recommended Ed join the WDET program staff. I was thrilled to have such a well-known and respected jazz host on our airwaves, not to mention my jazz radio mentor. The Detroit audience was happy too, as we attracted many new listeners over the years who, like me, loved Ed’s Jazz program and his jazz radio knowledge.

Ed Love | 60 Years of Jazz in Detroit

This post is a part of Ed Love | 60 Years of Jazz in Detroit.

Ed Love is a musical institution. Generations of Detroiters know Ed as the voice who guided us through almost 60 years of "Destination Jazz: The Ed Love Program", playing the classics and introducing us to new music each week on WDET-FM.

Now, into his sixth decade of radio, Love is still working, introducing yet another generation to the jazz tradition and the power of music.

In 2020, Ed Love reached 60 years on the air. Check out tributes and accolades for his six decades of radio.

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